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Android Stories November 22

Android 11 on nearly a quarter of all devices, but it’s not the most used version of Google’s OS

In late 2018, Google stopped monthly reporting on the adoption of various Android releases, but the company sparingly provides updated figures in Android Studio. Distribution numbers for 2021 today have Android 11 – instead of 12 – as the latest version.

Android Stories October 27

Google helping bring Material You and large screen experiences to Android w/ new developer tools

As part of this year’s Android Dev Summit, Google has unveiled a suite of new tools for developers, making it easier to use the new Material You design language and create apps for larger screens.

Android Stories Today

Google rolling out Android digital car key support to Pixel 6, Galaxy S21 on select BMWs

Back at I/O, Google announced that Android 12 will let you unlock compatible vehicles with just your phone. Digital car key support for locking/unlocking and starting vehicles is going live for the Pixel 6 and Samsung Galaxy S21 lines from today.

Android Stories October 11

Google releases ‘Private Compute Services’ as an updatable app in the Play Store

Google announced the “Private Compute Core” at I/O in May as an effective rebrand of “Device Personalization Services,” now called “Android System Intelligence.” That was followed by “Private Compute Services” last month, with that component now available as an app on the Play Store.

Android Stories October 8

Chrome for Android more widely testing its ‘Web Feed’ RSS reader, here’s how to enable [U]

During I/O 2021, Google announced that Chrome for Android would be testing a built-in RSS reader. It’s considered an experiment that might not ever launch, but you can test the RSS-powered “Web Feed” in Chrome today.

Android Stories September 23

Google Photos will soon roll out ‘Locked Folder’ to all Android 6+ devices

Back in June, Pixel phones were the first to receive the ability to secure images and videos behind a passcode. Google today confirmed that the Locked Folder in Photos is set to soon arrive on all other Android devices.

Android Stories September 13

Niagara Launcher v1.4 beta adds foldable device support, more

Foldable smartphones are starting to build up a head of steam, and with a new form factor there are bound to be some teething problems. Luckily, apps like the popular third-party launch Niagara are now slowly adding support for foldable smartphones like the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip series with the v1.4 beta.

Android Stories July 28

Google launches Jetpack Compose 1.0, making Android UI design easier w/ Kotlin

Google and Jetbrains have released the first stable build of Jetpack Compose 1.0, the new Kotlin-based UI framework for Android.

Android Stories June 29

Android App Bundles replacing APK format for new Google Play applications in August

Google introduced the Android App Bundle format in May of 2018 at I/O as part of its modern development push. The AAB standard will become the default for new applications published to the Play Store this August. 

Android Stories June 23

Google makes big push for new Wear OS, TV, Auto, & tablet media apps by reducing its commission

At I/O 2021, Google made a big push for building apps across all the form factors Android is available on. The company is now massively encouraging adoption with the global launch of the Play Media Experience Program to get more apps on Wear OS, Android/Google TV, Auto, and tablets/foldables.

Android Stories May 24

Google and Qualcomm partner to bring faster neural network updates to Android users

The news slipped through the cracks last week with the madness that was I/O 2021, but Google had another notable announcement. Starting with future versions of Android, Google and Qualcomm will offer a faster way to roll out neural network updates to Android users on Snapdragon chips.

Android Stories May 18

Google I/O 2021 Keynote Live Blog + News Hub: Assistant, Android 12, and more

Well, we missed out on Google I/O 2020, but now it’s finally time for Google I/O 2021. While not in person, the annual developer festival in Mountain View, California has returned. The Google I/O 2021 Keynote kicks off at 10am PT/1pm ET, so read on for quick links to our roundup coverage over the last […]

Android Stories May 19

Android may take a note from iOS, show apps on the homescreen during installation

If you’ve ever used an iPhone, you’re probably familiar with how iOS adds homescreen icons for apps before they’ve been fully installed, unlike Android, which adds the icon after installation is complete. Now, though, Google appears to be testing a copy of Apple’s feature.

Android Stories May 18

Google is building a more ‘accurate and inclusive’ camera for Pixels and beyond

Sad as it is to say, people of color are often an afterthought when it comes to cameras and that includes even Google’s. This year, at I/O 2021, Google has announced an effort to create a more “accurate and inclusive” camera for Android smartphones.

Android Stories May 19

Google Nest and Android devices will support new Matter smart home standard

Just last week, Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP) was rebranded ahead of the first devices launching later this year. Google, at I/O 2021, announced support for Matter on Android and Google Nest devices.

Android Stories May 18

Android widgets can appear in Assistant as Google looks at surfacing in Android Auto

Widgets are already getting a big visual revamp as part of Material You and Android 12. Google is now bringing widgets to Assistant and considering driving-optimized ones for Android Auto.

Google Fast Pair coming to BMW, Ford cars, and Beats headphones

With Fast Pair, Google made connecting Bluetooth accessories as simple as tapping a single button on your phone. At I/O 2021, Google provided an update on Fast Pair usage and announced support for new devices, including cars.

Android Stories May 17

Here’s just how many of our readers said they use or own an Android tablet

Late last week we asked you — our readers — if you used or owned an Android tablet. The platform is fairly neglected by Google, but it appears that many of you out there do love a secondary screen for entertainment and even some minor productivity.

Android Stories May 13

Google Assistant adds ‘Your apps’ settings menu for Android

Back in October, Google made a big push to integrate and let you control Android apps with Assistant. That drive should continue at I/O next week, and ahead of that, there’s a new Google Assistant “Your apps” settings menu.

Android Stories May 6

Google redesigns its Android developer website just ahead of I/O 2021

Just a couple of weeks ahead of Google I/O 2021, the company has just redesigned its Android developer website, giving it a fresh coat of paint with new page layouts, colors, and more.

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